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New Off-Road Focused 2016 Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro

The Ducati Multistrada gets key improvements for off-road adventure travel.

Published on 11.16.2015

Ducati announced a new Multistrada today, which is being displayed at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, Italy this week. The Ducati Multistrada has always been more of a sport touring bike than an adventure bike, with limited off-road protection, 17″ cast wheels and a road-biased suspension. A motorcycle much more comfortable on a road racing course than a jeep trail.

Now Ducati has announced the Multistrada 1200 Enduro for 2016, a more off-road capable version of the Italian manufacturer’s sport-oriented adventure bike. This new model takes the Multistrada platform and improves it with key updates for off-road adventure travel.


2016 Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro

2016 Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro off-road

The most obvious change seen on the Multistrada 1200 Enduro are a set of wire-spoked wheels and an increase in front wheel size from 17″ to a more dirt-oriented 19″. A beefier skid plate and raised exhaust offer better protection in rocky terrain and the new Enduro model also sits higher than the standard Multistrada, due to an increase in suspension travel from 6.7″ (170mm) to 7.9″ (200mm) front and rear. Electronics have also been updated to enable more off-road capability. Advanced electronics recognize when the bike is being jumped and automatically adjust the suspension for softer landings.

Also notable is the absence of the Multistrada’s distinctive single-sided swingarm — replaced with a shell-cast aluminium double-sided swingarm designed specifically for off-road use. Seat height is now 34.3 inches (870mm), up from the standard’s 32.5 inches (825mm) on the low setting. Range is significantly increased thanks to a new 8 gallon (30L) fuel tank that gives the new Multistrada nearly 3 extra gallons of fuel. This gives the new Multi the ability to travel roughly 280 miles (450km) between fuel stops.

Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro

Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro

All this new equipment has increased the wet weight of the bike from 511 lbs. (232kg) to 560 lbs. (254kg). With the release of the 2016 Multistrada 1200 Enduro, Ducati is ready to go head-to-head with other big-tank Adventure Bike models on the market (e.g. BMW R1200GS Adventure, KTM 1290 Super Adventure, Moto Guzzi Stelvio).

The Multistrada Enduro will be offered in Panthom grey, Star white silk and Ducati red.

Prices will range from $21,295 to $21,495 and the new Enduro model will be available on US showroom floors beginning April 2016. For more information go to

Top Big-Tank Adventure Tourer Specs Comparison

Adventure Bike Models  HP  Torque
Wet Weight
Suspension Travel
Seat Height
Fuel Capacity
Price USD
 Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro 160 100.3 560 7.9/7.9 34.3 8.0 $21,295
 Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 NTX 105 83.3 598 6.7/6.1 32.0 8.5 $15,990
 BMW R1200GS Adventure 125 92.0 573 8.3/8.7 35.0 7.9 $18,340*
 KTM 1290 Super Adventure 160 103.3 549 7.9/7.9 33.9 7.9 $20,499  
* Base model pricing.


Check out the Multistrada Enduro being tested on an off-road course. You’ve never seen a Multistrada jumped like this before!

The new Multistrada 1200 Enduro shows off more its cross-continent travel capabilities.

Photo Gallery

2016 Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro two up

2016 Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro jumping

2016 Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro dual sport

Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro

2016 Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro

2016 Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro

Author: Rob Dabney

Rob Dabney started a lifelong obsession with motorcycles at the age of 15 when he purchased his first bike – a 1982 Honda MB5. Through his 20’s and 30’s he competed in off-road desert races, including the Baja 250, 500 and 1000. Eventually, his proclivity for exploration led him to dual sport and adventure riding. Rob’s never-ending quest to discover what’s around the next bend has taken him on Adventures in Mexico, North Africa, Europe, and throughout the American West. As a moto journalist, he enjoys inspiring others to seek adventure across horizons both near and far.

Author: Rob Dabney

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14 thoughts on “New Off-Road Focused 2016 Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro

  1. Just another insanely overpowered, overweight travel “endure”. Wished really that more manufacturers would put focus on reasonably powered, multi cylinder, but lightweight bikes below 200kg. Ironically you pay tons of money for many horses, but then choose an off road setting to castrate those horses for off road use. Simply silly!

    • Critical of the big ones, while secretly wishing you could afford one. When I’m riding my 1190R, I hear this complaint from KLR 650 owners.

  2. I like to see the market is more colorful again. Never been a fan of Ducati but hey, the Scrambler and MultiStrada Enduro are very interesting machines.

    In general – the biggest question is always to know properly ourselfs to make a wise choice regarding the best motorcycle .)

  3. Went in to a Duc dealer today to ask about the Multi Enduro model, when will it arrive, next June! WTF, they already have Multi S 2016’s on the floor, why 7 months until the enduro version comes to the sales floor, guess I’ll be spending my money elsewhere.

  4. Arrrrrgghh…..I already knew the Multi looked awesome….but why the goofy music in those videos?!?! Probably best tho, if I could have heard that motor being gunned in those off road videos I’d be listing my Super Tenere on CraigsList right now. (BTW: I loooooove my Super10, and yes, it does go off road quite a bit….but that Ducati sound gets me everytime.)

  5. Just got mine a couple of days ago. As with the regular Multistrada it carves up twisty mountain roads. Sort of hot in the desert so no dirt yet. Super fast and the Bosch engine, brake, suspension control system is great. Molto Bella!

    • Contemplating pulling the trigger on one of these bad boys.. Trading in a Panigale for one.. Just want to be able to tour, have it handle well on twisty mountain roads, ride farther in comfort and take this thing off road camping if I want to..

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